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When Deschamps Refused To Let Ben Arfa Join Newcastle – Ex-Marseille President Reveals All

8 years ago

It is well documented that there is friction between Newcastle United’s Hatem Ben Arfa and the coach of France, Didier Deschamps.

Deschamps continues to leave Ben Arfa out of his international squads and while Hatem’s form is up and down, at least in part it taken for granted that the ‘history’ between the two men is a factor in the non-selection.

Ben Arfa played under Deschamps at Marseille and now the then President of the French club has written about what happened when Hatem wanted to come to Newcastle and Deschamps attempted to put the block on it.

This is how French website have covered the story, thanks as always for the expert translation by Pierre;

The former president of the OM (Marseille), still wounded by his eviction in 2011, has published a book in which he settles some old scores.

It has been over two years since Jean-Claude Dassier, 72, was ousted from the presidency of the club of Marseille , despite four trophies (one league title, two League Cups, a Champions Trophy) won under his tenure ( 2009-2011). In his book “Complicity” he settles a few scores…

We also learn that Hatem Ben Arfa has ransacked your office …

“I had a weakness for him, I used to call  him ‘the French Messi’. It was a bit excessive … His relationship with Deschamps was disastrous. In July 2010, I organized a meeting with Hatem and his advisers. He wanted to go to Newcastle, Deschamps had changed his mind and wanted to keep him. I did not have time to speak he had already put his arm across the desk and cleared everything that was placed on it. Honestly this is nothing. My security man rushed towards him. He thought Hatem was going to strangle me! We have seen each other since, we’ve kissed. This is also what football is!”

While reported the story like this;

“Ben Arfa pique une crise”

 Ben Arfa freaking out 

“During this transfer window Ben Arfa, who did not get along at all with Deschamps, they scarcely spoke, asked to leave. (…) It did not work between them. Deschamps had promised to let him go so I agree to let him go and to let him go today, all of a sudden, Deschamps changed his mind and told Ben Arfa:. ” You do not go, you stay. “HBA freaked out, it lasted a fortnight, he was no longer attending training.”

Hard to believe that the seemingly laidback player we have now at Newcastle is the same person.




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